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Tibi Cziger, clarinet | Zefunot Tarbut

Tibi is the originator, founder member and director of the Israeli Chamber Project. Zefunot Culture introduced the ensemble to its audience.

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Described as an “exciting soloist” by The New York Times, Israeli clarinetist Tibi Cziger is a graduate of the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, under the guidance of Mr. Charles Neidich. He is also the artistic director and founder of the Israeli Chamber Project, an initiative bringing young and outstanding Israeli musicians together for chamber music projects in Israel and the US.

Cziger is a frequent recitalist and soloist and enjoys exploring new repertoire for the clarinet, including his own arrangements to works originally not for the clarinet. Solo appearances include concerti with the iPalpiti String Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Metropolis Ensemble, and Israel Chamber Orchestra among others. Cziger has performed as guest clarinetist with the Oslo Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway), Israel Philharmonic, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra among others, and was recently appointed as principal clarinetist of the Israeli Camerata Orchestra.

As a passionate chamber musician, Cziger has performed a vast amount of chamber literature for the clarinet, with various concerts in live and recorded television and radio broadcasts on channels in Israel, Europe, and the US. Recent venues include Bargemusic, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, The Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center, LACMA’s Bing Theater, Jerusalem Theater and YMCA, and the Musikverein (Vienna). He is a regular participant at Musique en Brionnais (France), and has taken part in the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Tivoli Festival (Denmark), Craftsbury Chamber Players, iPalpiti International Festival, the West Eastern Divan Workshop, and Marlboro Festival.

Cziger holds an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, M.Mus degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.Mus. degree magna cum laude from the Tel Aviv music Academy. He studied clarinet with Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Richard Lesser, and Itzhak Kazzap.

Cziger is a winner of the Leni Fe Bland Foundation Scholarship, Irene Diamond Scholarship, Jerome L. Greene Scholarship, Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, and the Irving Berlin scholarship. He is also a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships 1997-2003, and in 2003 he received the AICF special scholarship for studies abroad. As of Summer 2010 Cziger is a Selmer-Paris Artist.

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